A practice-based and written analysis, this artist-filmmaking research project engages with and questions the existing language, grammar and truth-making of archival films. The research proposes that editorial grammar or meter – with its definitive or categorical status - can be scrutinised and reworked, introducing broader, contemporary perspectives whilst revealing embedded, propogandised agendas.
The aim of my artistic research is to identify how technology has changed feminism over the last one hundred years, in particular the impact it has had on women’s relationships to one another and the formsin which knowledge is shared. The spine of this enquiry - in which I situate my practice-based research - is Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’, a book published nearly one hundred years ago in 1929.
The aim of my thesis is the re-examination of late seventeenth-century lesbian history and the development of a new theory/methodology of the ‘Lesbian Gaze’, which will seek to eroticize women’s writing of the period. Using a queer perspective, and utilising a historical understand of gender, the body, sexual anatomy, sexuality and women’s relationships, my research will investigate how restoration libertinism inflected women and how female-female love, desire and eroticism were represented.